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Musical Play in a Week 2012

The sell-out annual Musical Play in a Week at the NCEM this year was a huge success.

Thirty young musicians and actors, between the ages of 9 to 14, took part in 'An Air of Mystery'. The play starts in 1570, when young musicians arrive at Elizabeth's court, eager to perform for the Queen. They are met by Francis Walsingham, who promises them an audience with Queen Elizabeth if they first work for him. Before long, the young musicians find themselves embroiled in a world of secrets and espionage, where their very lives are in danger.
Move forward to 2012, when the children of the Baxter family are shipped off to spend the week in their eccentric great aunt's antique shop during the wettest half term ever. Here they discover a piece of music that has lain hidden for centuries, from which unfolds a perilous mystery.

The young people rehearsed for a week with Director, Paul Birch, and the NCEM's Education Consultant Cathy Dew. They memorised the script, learnt new tunes, made costumes and props. Cathy said: "It's been a fantastic week. This summer project has attracted lots of new people, who have all had a chance to learn about Early Music and Tudor history, while creating exciting and original drama."

Delma Tomlin, Director of the NCEM said: "This is now a regular event on our calendar and its great fun for all involved. The young people work so hard and have a tremendous amount of ground to cover in a week - the final performance is always amazing and we recognise and celebrate their achievements."

This project has been supported by the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust. The 2013 Musical Plays In A Week will take place from 12 to 16 August. For more information go to

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